April 13, 2012
Lee’s Summit Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—has named Patrick Avila, MPT, MBA, as director of rehabilitation services. Avila is responsible for integrating the rehabilitation department’s services with the acute care hospital’s primary mission of providing top-quality and compassionate patient-centric care.
Avila has 13 years of experience in physical therapy and healthcare leadership. Prior to joining Lee’s Summit Medical Center, he was assistant administrator and director of rehabilitation services at a community hospital where he worked with other departments to establish programs like a Cancer Fatigue Rehab Clinic and a Pain Management Program. Avila is an active member of the community, serving on civic and professional boards and the Physical Therapy Department Advisory Board at Rockhurst University.
“Patrick’s commitment to excellent patient care, his experience and proven leadership skills, in addition to his ability to develop new and better ways to implement growth and change, will help further establish Lee’s Summit Medical Center as a healthcare leader in the community,” says Jackie DeSouza, chief executive officer of Lee’s Summit Medical Center. “Patrick is a patient advocate with a highly successful track record in physician-relationship building.”Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized in the August 2011 issue of US News & World Report for its commitment and success in performance achievement in heart disease and stroke. Using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program, the hospital was one of 789 other hospitals across the nation honored in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report to commemorate its receipt of the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care.
Additionally, Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for exceptional stroke care in ensuring that within the past two quarters at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients received the intravenous clot-buster, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV rt-PA) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. Known as “door-to-needle” time, this guideline-based therapy can quickly restore blood flow to the brain and is key to limiting stroke damage.
“I look forward to joining the dynamic leadership of Lee’s Summit Medical Center and to help the hospital continue to deliver its excellent service to Lee’s Summit and the surrounding area,” says Avila. “The hospital is an exemplary organization that is expanding to better meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs. I am excited to be a part of that.”